Galloping Galoshes: fatbear: In that case, would the pilot be negligent? Yes. An idiot? I think that would be stretching it.I know, but I didn't want to overawe the non-pilots. He's an idiot for leaving the ground without enough fuel for the flight, and I expect some enforcement action from th FAA. If he didn't look, what was he relying on for his fuel state? The guages? Fuel not in the tank is one of those three least useful things in aviation (the others being altitude above you and runway behind you). If he did look, and he didn't fill it to the tabs, he's at fault. If someone took it up without logging it, the Hobbes meter reading wouldn't match the log. Usually it's someone bringing it back in and not refueling it, at my club.No, they're not magic, but filling to them would have kept the fan turning long enough for him to get to his destination.
Galloping Galoshes: D135: Maybe you should use a more practical plane rather than trying to cultivate that "rugged sky captain of yesteryear" personaThat is a perfectly practical plane. With a dunderhead of a pilot.You may be referring to large commercial aircraft. Of course, this could never happen to them:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC143http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avianca_Flight_52
D135: Maybe you should use a more practical plane rather than trying to cultivate that "rugged sky captain of yesteryear" persona
Russ1642: genner: If only there were some kind of check list to look at preflight.I'll bet he looked at the list. However, actually 'checking' the checklist items is just a pain in the ass
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